What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
83%
5%
4%
3%
323
flagthe Netherlands
80%
2%
11%
5%
36
flagAustralia
79%
3%
3%
10%
58
flagthe United States
77%
5%
5%
8%
952
flagItaly
77%
8%
5%
8%
35
flagthe Philippines
76%
3%
1%
11%
52
flagMalaysia
76%
3%
0%
19%
26
flagCanada
75%
7%
4%
12%
66
flagNorway
72%
8%
2%
16%
37
flagthe United Kingdom
69%
6%
7%
14%
500
flagSpain
68%
4%
12%
12%
25
flagGermany
67%
4%
10%
16%
165
flagPakistan
66%
5%
7%
10%
39
flagthe United Arab Emirates
66%
5%
5%
22%
18
flagPoland
62%
7%
12%
17%
13371
flagNigeria
61%
14%
4%
4%
21
flagFrance
58%
7%
10%
23%
39
flagAustria
55%
5%
11%
22%
18
flagRepublic of Ireland
53%
12%
18%
15%
32
flagUkraine
40%
20%
10%
30%
20

Gender

men59%
women63%
lead
59%
63%
mercury
6%
7%
iron
12%
12%
chalk
21%
16%

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